General News Archive - August 26, 2005
By Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) - A fire tore through a six-storey Paris apartment block housing African immigrants on Friday, killing 17 people -- about half of them children, French officials said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A long-awaited CIA inspector general's report on the agency's performance before the September 11, 2001, attacks includes detailed criticism of more than a dozen former and current agency officials, the New York Times reported on Friday.
By Nigel Hunt LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Blackouts were ordered in southern California on Thursday afternoon following the loss of a major transmission line with about 500,000 homes impacted for almost an hour before service was restored.
By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China may release a dissident from prison to coincide with Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States next month, analysts said on Friday, a ploy commonly used in the run-up to top-level Sino-U.S. exchanges.
By Michael Christie MIAMI (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina moved into the Gulf of Mexico on Friday after hammering Florida's crowded southeast coast with hours of fierce winds and whipping rains, leaving 2 million people without power and killing four.
By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The population of Jewish settlements in the West Bank has grown this year by more than the 9,000 settlers evacuated under a plan to cede some occupied land, an Israeli government official said on Friday.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - The widow of American banker Robert Kissel planned to murder him "in cold blood" and there was no basis for her to say she acted out of self-defense, prosecutors told a Hong Kong court on Friday.
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil edged back toward a record high of $68 a barrel on Friday as dealers feared Hurricane Katrina would threaten Gulf of Mexico rigs supplying the United States, the world's largest fuel burner.
By Francois Murphy VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran hopes to present a new plan to European Union powers within a month to resolve its nuclear stand-off with the West, its chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said on Friday.
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil held firmly above $67 a barrel on Friday as dealers feared Hurricane Katrina would threaten Gulf of Mexico rigs supplying the United States, the world's largest fuel burner.